I’m going to write about something that makes me uncomfortable today.
It makes me uncomfortable because I feel like I struggle with temptation more than most people. I feel like there has been times in my life when my temptations are all I can think about, and that’s usually when I give into them. My problem is, I try to handle temptations on my own, because even though temptation alone isn’t a sin, it makes me feel dirty. I don’t like to bring my temptations to God because I don’t want to admit that I have an urge to sin. But he all ready knows, so my logic is whack and I understand that.
I decided I would do a study about temptation in the bible and see what I could come up with. What I found was freeing, helpful, and true. I discovered that everyone deals with temptation, even Jesus did, and temptation is talked about quite a bit in the bible, and through the reading of scripture, prayer, and the Holy Spirit, we can overcome temptation.
What exactly is temptation? The googles have informed me that temptation is “A desire to do something, especially something wrong or unwise.”
Temptation looks different for everyone. I often get tempted with old sins that have become habitual: selfishness, lust, laziness, and stubbornness, to name a few. Like I said before, I don’t like to bring my temptations before God because I feel like I can handle things on my own. Well I can’t– it never works. Every time I try to handle my own desires I always give into them and unfortunately asking for God’s help hasn’t always been my first thought. I pray that will change though, especially after reading scripture about temptation.
I’m going to explain what I found in the Bible, but most of these verses I am going to put into my own words. I would encourage you to look them up yourself and read them.
1 Corinthians 12:13 says that we will be tempted but God always provides an escape and He gives us strength to endure it.
Hebrews 4:15 says Jesus can sympathize with our weaknesses because He was a man and was also tempted. Therefore, we can come to God with confidence that He will help us in our time of need.
Hebrews 2:18 say that because Jesus was tempted, He can help us when we are tempted.
James 1:2-4 says that when (not if) we are tempted, use it as a time to grow your faith. Faith produces endurance. Through enduring trials, we will be made complete.
1 Peter 5:8-10 warns us to watch out for the devil, because he will try to tempt us and he is waiting to devour us. But take heart and remember brothers and sisters who have made it through temptations and endured. God will perfect, conform, strengthen, and establish us.
This last verse I will quote from the Bible because it’s just too good and beautiful to not.
Job 23:10-12 “But He knows the way I take; When He has tried me, I shall come forth as gold. My foot has held fast to his path; I have kept His way and not turned aside. I have not departed from the command of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth my necessary food.”
If you know the story of Job’s life then you know how amazing these verses are. Job went through so many trials and temptations and brought it all to God. I want to be able to say that when I am tempted I will come forth as gold, I won’t turn away, and that I have treasured the words of God more than my food. That is my prayer after studying how to handle temptation from the Bible.
So to wrap this up I just want to remind anyone who is like me that doesn’t like to bring our dirty temptations to God to get out of that mindset. God became a man and had to deal with temptation just like us, and because of that He will help us through it if we ask. Through our temptations and trials we will grow in our faith if we endure and the only way to endure is to hold onto God and pray to him– maybe go and read the scriptures I’ve listed. Once we have endured we will be made perfect, God will strengthen us and establish us.
We will come forth as Gold.